New York Giants: Jayron Hosley

Giants' last five drafts: 2012

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The NFL draft is three weeks from today, which still gives us plenty of time to talk about what the New York Giants will do with the No. 12 pick and the importance of having their first really good draft in a really long time. But as we ponder all of that, this week we are taking some time to look at the last five Giants' drafts, and today's stop is on 2012, when they were defending Super Bowl champions and did something they hadn't done in more than a decade. They took a running back in the first round.

The Picks

First round (32 overall): David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

Second round (63): Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

Third round (94): Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

Fourth round (127): Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati

Fourth round (131): Brandon Mosley, T, Auburn

Sixth round (201): Matt McCants, T, UAB

Seventh round (239): Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State

Still with Giants: Wilson, Randle, Hosley, Robinson, Mosley, Kuhn

Still in NFL: McCants (Raiders)

Games played for Giants

Wilson: 21

Randle: 32

Hosley: 23

Robinson: 3

Mosley: 13

McCants: 0

Kuhn: 15

Review: Wilson was a revelation as a kick returner during his rookie year but a disappointment when handed the starting running back job in 2013. Two fumbles in the season opener got him benched, and once he was back in good graces, he injured his neck and missed the final 11 games of the season. Should he return healthy and develop into a star, that would help the long-term grade of this draft. But it also could get a boost from Randle, who has an opportunity to replace Hakeem Nicks as the team's playmaking deep threat at wide receiver. Hosley showed something as a nickel corner in 2012 but has had trouble staying healthy and now finds himself well down a stacked depth chart at cornerback. Robinson hasn't been able to get on the field, though they haven't given up on him yet and right now he's probably their projected starter. Mosley couldn't find his way onto the field in spite of massive problems at offensive line last year. They like Kuhn on special teams and think he can help as a rotational player at defensive tackle this year. It's too early to give a definitive grade to anyone's 2012 draft, but the Giants haven't had much immediate early return on this. The extent to which Wilson and Randle develop as offensive playmakers will determine whether this is remembered as a good draft or another in a series of busts. As with the three drafts we've already profiled this week, it doesn't appear as though they turned up anything of major value in the middle rounds.

Grade: C-minus (so far)
On paper, following their flurry of free-agent activity this week, the defensive backfield is the strength of the New York Giants' roster. We say "on paper," because it's March 19 and paper's all we have. The Giants don't play a real game for another five-plus months, which means all we can do is project what we think will happen based on the way everything looks from this far out.

So let's. Let's take a look at the Giants' new secondary, piece-by-piece, to get everybody fired up about how much better it has a chance to be in 2014. Assuming, of course, that they haven't improved it at the expense of the pass rush. Which they may have. But that's a different story for another time. This is about the secondary, whose members now include:

[+] EnlargeAntrel Rolle
AP Photo/Seth WenigIn 2014, Antrel Rolle should see more help in pass coverage given the Giants' additions at cornerback.
Antrel Rolle, safety: The lone remaining defensive captain, Rolle should be well served by the addition of all this cornerback depth. He's been asked to handle too much cornerback duty the past several years due to injuries and depth issues at that position. With everyone they now have at corner, Rolle should be able to stick to safety as he prefers. He's a leader on the Giants' defense, which is the main reason he was never a real candidate to be cut in spite of his whopping $9.25 million cap number. Ideally, he'll be able to switch off seamlessly between strong safety and free safety in the Giants' defensive scheme because his fellow starting safety will be able to handle either role.

Prince Amukamara, CB: I believe Amukamara is a good player. His technique is good, he's willing to mix it up physically, he can tackle, he's willing to help out against the run. Smart, studies hard, keeps himself in excellent shape... solid, all-around player. What I do not think he is is a star cornerback, a "shutdown" type who you can put on the other team's best receiver and expect him to take the guy out of the game. Not a knock, mind you -- there are very few guys like that. Just saying that I think the additions around him will help alleviate some of the pressure and responsibility Amukamara took on himself last year as the team's clear No. 1 corner.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB: He doesn't fit that "shutdown corner" description either, but his speed and athleticism enable Rodgers-Cromartie to make spectacular plays and sometimes even outrun his mistakes. The Giants should be able to split the field with him on one side and Amukamara on the other and feel very good about their chances in coverage. Depending on week-by-week matchups, they can isolate Rodgers-Cromartie in coverage as warranted without having to lean on him as a one-on-one difference-maker every week. He looks up to Rolle, his former Arizona Cardinals teammate, and should benefit from that relationship.

Stevie Brown, safety: When training camp 2013 opened, Brown was coming off an eight-interception breakout season and was talking about his development as a player. The hope was he would evolve into the kind of safety who could switch off with Rolle as Kenny Phillips used to do, and Brown and the team were confident he could. Brown tore his ACL in the 2013 preseason and hasn't played since, so his health will be a question mark going into the year. But if he is healthy, he will get a chance to win back that starting safety spot and show off his ballhawking skills again.

Will Hill, safety: He emerged as the starter opposite Rolle as the 2013 season went on after missing the first four games on a drug suspension. Rolle made the Pro Bowl, but I believed Hill was the better player at times in 2013, which is more a compliment to Hill than it is an insult of Rolle's play. The questions with Hill are of off-field issues, but if he's got his life in order away from the football field, he's a force on it. If Hill stays out of trouble and Brown stays healthy, the Giants have enviable safety depth.

Walter Thurmond, CB: He was one of the cornerbacks called upon to fill a larger role in Seattle last year following the drug suspension of Brandon Browner, and it's generally believed the Seahawks' cornerback play improved. Thurmond is an elite-level talent as a slot cornerback, which is the role he'll likely fill with the Giants, but he's also capable of handling himself on the outside should one of the starters get injured.

Trumaine McBride, CB: The Giants were impressed enough with his 2013 work as an injury-replacement starter that they signed him back on a two-year contract. Undersized but extremely determined, McBride showed an ability to handle himself on the outside and can play the slot as well. He'll function as a reliable backup.

Cooper Taylor, safety: Late-round 2013 draft pick is already a helper on special teams, and with all of the veteran safeties they have in front of him, he can take his time developing as a defensive player.

Jayron Hosley, CB: The Giants' 2012 third-rounder has been slow to develop due to health issues. The Giants liked him as a slot corner option when they picked him, but he's got to show a lot to stay in the long-range plans at this point.

Quintin Demps, safety: Signed primarily as a kick returner, he's a last-resort option if injuries dictate that he fill in at safety. He did start six games there for Kansas City in 2013.

Charles James, CB: Saw some work in the return game last preseason, but they have other guys for that now. James has some value as a special teams player but will have to fight his way up the depth chart.
The New York Giants have reached an agreement with cornerback Trumaine McBride on a two-year, $3.1 million deal, per ESPN and media reports.

McBride
It's a nice re-signing for the Giants. After a year out of the league in 2012, McBride joined the Giants in 2013 and found himself a starting cornerback following injuries to Corey Webster and Aaron Ross, and he played much better than expected. He was likely to draw interest from other teams had he hit the open market at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, so if he's a guy the Giants liked, good for them for keeping that from happening. If nothing else, he's an insurance policy in case they get shut out in their pursuit of a top free-agent cornerback or can't find one early in the draft.

But signing McBride should not deter the Giants from those pursuits. They have expressed interest in several of the top cornerbacks on the market, and they would be much better off in the secondary if they could land someone like Alterraun Verner or Captain Munnerlyn or one of the many cornerbacks hitting the market Tuesday afternoon. That would enable them to use McBride as the nickel corner or as a reliable backup to their inside and outside starters. That's the ideal role for a guy like McBride. The Giants used him as a starter in 2013 and know they can do it again in a pinch, but their preference would be to get a premier guy who pushes McBride down the depth chart a bit, strengthening them overall at this important position.

It appears as though veteran Terrell Thomas, who served as the Giants' nickel corner in 2013, will hit the open market. 2012 third-round pick Jayron Hosley is still looked at as a guy who can play the nickel, but injuries have hampered his development.
I saw that Michael Rothstein, our Detroit Lions team reporter, took a look at the way the defensive backs performed at this year's NFL scouting combine. So, since the New York Giants are picking two picks behind the Lions in the first round (and two picks ahead of them in the second), and since the Giants have drafted a total of six defensive backs in the first three rounds over the past nine years, I figured I'd steal Mike's post and let you guys look at it for some possible names.

Yes, the Giants' primary focus this offseason is going to be on fixing what John Mara called a "broken" offense. And yes, I still think the best use of their prime resources (meaning free-agent dollars and early-round draft picks) would be on the offensive line. But if they get to the draft with a lot of their offensive questions answered via free agency, and if the value dictates that they pick defense early, their history indicates that they will select a cornerback or a safety in one of the early rounds.

Could they use that No. 12 overall pick on a defensive back? It's not a crazy idea. They seem deep at safety right now, but they are looking for a starting cornerback to pair with Prince Amukamara. Corey Webster is surely gone, and while Trumaine McBride did a decent job as a starter last year, he's not likely a long-term answer. Jayron Hosley, their third-round pick from 2012, showed some flashes as a rookie, but health issues have kept him from developing into anything more than a possible answer in the slot.

Anyway, from more than two months out, the guys to keep an eye on in the first round would be Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert and Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard. And I know my "NFL Insiders" colleague Louis Riddick likes Lindenwood's Pierre Desir, the broad-jump star, as a later-round pick. You guys always ask for names, Mike has hooked you up. Enjoy.

Combine watch: CB Justin Gilbert

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With the NFL scouting combine set to begin this week, we're taking a look at a handful of prospects the New York Giants might consider with the No. 12 pick in the first round. After profiling offensive players in each of our first four installments, today we finally look at a defensive player.

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Why they'd take him: The Giants desperately need to improve on offense this offseason, but that doesn't mean they can ignore the defense completely. They appear to be done with Corey Webster, and while Trumaine McBride played well last year, he didn't necessarily solidify himself as the long-term starter opposite Prince Amukamara. 2012 third-rounder Jayron Hosley hasn't developed much, and starting a pair of young first-round picks at cornerback isn't a bad-sounding idea in today's pass-happy NFL. Amukamara looks like a solid player, but he's not a dominant, shut-down type of corner. Strong play on the opposite side of the field would only help him.

Where he ranks: Our pre-draft rankings have Gilbert as the No. 12 overall player and the No. 1 cornerback. Mel Kiper's latest mock draft Insider has him going No. 10 to the Lions. Todd McShay's latest mock draft Insider has him going No. 21 to the Packers.

Something positive (via ESPN's scouting report): "Excellent height and weight combination (6-0 1/4, 199 lbs) and appears to have long arms for the position."

Something negative: "Will relax on occasion and can lose leverage as a result. Will gamble jumping routes which can make him vulnerable to double moves at times."

History: The last time the Giants took a cornerback in the first round was 2011, when they took Nebraska's Amukamara with the No. 19 pick. They took Aaron Ross in the first round in 2007 and Terrell Thomas in the second round a year later.

Hosley could get start at cornerback

December, 13, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jayron Hosley may make his second career start at cornerback for the New York Giants on Sunday, when they host the Seattle Seahawks.

Corey Webster will miss his sixth consecutive game due to an ankle injury. Trumaine McBride has started in place of Webster much of the season, but Hosley replaced McBride in the second half last week against the San Diego Chargers.

"He could," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin on Friday, when asked if Hosley could start against the Seahawks. "I’m just trying to get as many guys that can help us win on the field. He performed OK [last week], and so did McBride. The more, the merrier. They’ll both play."

With the Giants already eliminated from playoff contention, thoughts naturally turn to 2014. Webster, who's only played in four games this season due to injury, likely won't be back. Right now, McBride and Hosley are competing for that job.

McBride has been a pleasant surprise, signing with the Giants back in January after not even playing in 2012. The Giants had higher expectations for Hosley, who was the team's third-round draft pick in 2012, 94th overall. He led the country in interceptions (9) as a sophomore at Virginia Tech in 2010.

Hosley also has had a hard time staying on the field. He missed five games in the middle of this season due to a hamstring injury.

"It’s been tough, but most importantly you just gotta keep fighting," Hosley said Friday. It’s football, injuries are gonna happen."

Hosley says he's healthy now, and ready to show what he can do.

"I’d be a fool to say that I’ve shown my best," Hosley said. "Whether I’m starting or not, there’s always room for improvement. The best is still yet to come."

Hosley played well in his first start -- two weeks ago against the Washington Redskins, when McBride was hurt -- with four tackles and a pass defended.

The Giants can't make the playoffs this year, but perhaps, over these final few games, they can find out what Hosley really can do.

Giants' inactives are as expected

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LANDOVER, Md. -- No surprises on the New York Giants' list of inactive players for Sunday night's game against the Redskins here at FedEx Field. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, running back Brandon Jacobs and cornerbacks Corey Webster and Trumaine McBride were all ruled out Friday, quarterback Ryan Nassib is always inactive and the other two are backup offensive lineman Stephen Goodin and tight end Adrien Robinson, who's been inactive all year.

Jayron Hosley starts at the left cornerback spot that used to be Webster's and has been McBride's in recent weeks. Mathias Kiwanuka starts at right defensive end in place of Pierre-Paul, though you can probably look for rookie Damontre Moore to get into the mix at defensive end at some point. And with centers David Baas and Jim Cordle both on injured reserve and out for the season, Kevin Boothe will start at center while James Brewer replaces Boothe at left guard. Peyton Hillis, inactive the past two weeks, will replace Jacobs as the backup running back when starter Andre Brown needs a break.

The issues in the secondary, where the Giants' only healthy cornerbacks are Hosley, Prince Amukamara, Terrell Thomas and raw rookie Charles James, could be helped by the injury issues the Redskins are having on offense. Dynamic rookie tight end Jordan Reed, who missed last week's game with a concussion, was initially expected to play tonight but was ruled inactive after experiencing a pregame headache. And fullback Darrel Young, an unsung key to the running game and the success of Alfred Morris, is also inactive due to a hamstring injury. Evan Royster is listed as the starter at fullback in Young's place, but that likely means the Redskins will change some things about the way they call plays in the run game.

Reed is the No. 2 target of quarterback Robert Griffin III in the passing game, and his absence means the Giants should be able to commit extra attention to top wideout Pierre Garcon due to the lack of scary options behind him.

Much more as the night progresses here at FedEx Field.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The news that New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and cornerbacks Trumaine McBride and Corey Webster are out for Sunday's game against the Redskins means the Giants will have to do some interesting juggling of their defensive lineup. Webster's injury doesn't sound like it matters much by now, as he's missed almost the whole year, but the Giants had been hoping he could practice enough to fill in for an injured McBride, who has become the starter in Webster's absence. He did not, and now the Giants are left with four healthy cornerbacks for Sunday's game -- Prince Amukamara, Terrell Thomas, Jayron Hosley and untested rookie Charles James.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said starting Hosley in McBride's place (and, presumably, leaving Thomas in the slot) would be a "strong consideration." Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said he thinks Hosley could handle it.

"Jayron has good cover skills," Fewell said. "I think he's a good matchup for some of the quick guys they have in their lineup. So I don't think we'll miss a beat from that standpoint, as far as the quickness and the matchups are concerned."

The issue may be one of depth, as the Giants have very little behind their starters right now if one of them gets hurt or if they decide to go into the kind of dime package that found safety Antrel Rolle overwhelmed in coverage on the Cowboys' final drive of the game Sunday. But the Redskins aren't as loaded with scary receiving threats as the Cowboys are. After top wideout Pierre Garcon, their No. 1 weapon in the receiving corps is rookie tight end Jordan Reed, who missed last week's game with a concussion and is questionable for Sunday.

Up front, where they will look to pressure Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III into the types of mistakes everyone watched him make Monday night against the 49ers, the Giants will obviously miss Pierre-Paul. They could move defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins out to play defensive end (and activate defensive tackle Markus Kuhn for the first time all year to spell Jenkins in the DT rotation), or they could imply increase the snap counts for defensive ends Mathias Kiwanuka or Damontre Moore. But Fewell doesn't think it's as simple as someone stepping into Pierre-Paul's spot.

"Theirs is a difficult offense for any defensive end, because it's a read-option offense, a play-action offense," Fewell said. "They do a number of different things to make the defensive ends think. So it's quite difficult."

The key for the 49ers against Griffin on Monday was their ability to invade the backfield quickly on seemingly every play. The Giants don't have the same kinds of players in their defensive front seven that the 49ers do. (Few teams do, if any, now that Aldon Smith is back in the lineup.) But they'll still need to find a way to get pressure and take some of the burden off their depleted secondary.

Jayron Hosley has return in his sights

November, 15, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For more than a month, Jayron Hosley has only been able to watch the New York Giants play on Sundays.

A nagging hamstring has sidelined him for the past five games, robbing him of valuable opportunities in his sophomore campaign.

Hosley
Hosley
"It was tough," Hosley said. "You prepare every week to be ready to play. When you go down with a hamstring, it could be prevented sometimes. It happened. You got to roll with the punches. Keep fighting."

Over the past few weeks, his health has improved, inching him closer and closer to a return. Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Packers, Hosley might finally get back in on the action.

For the first time since suffering his hamstring injury against the Chiefs on Sept. 29, Hosley practiced fully all week and isn't on the injury report. That bodes well for his availability for Sunday's game.

"I'm very, very, very anxious, man," Hosley said. "Very focused. Very hungry just to be out there with my team and contribute any way I can."

It's been a rough season for Hosley as the hamstring injury has prevented him from being a key contributor to the Giants in 2013. The 2012 third-round pick played in the first four games, with the hamstring flaring up in the fourth contest against Kansas City. It's been a lengthy recovery period since then.

Last week against Oakland, Hosley practiced during the week and was listed as questionable, but was declared inactive for the eventual Giants victory. Hosley didn't talk to the coaches about the decision. The Giants' staff possibly could have believed Hosley wasn't healthy enough yet to take the field.

Hosley isn't focused on last week's game and the decision to keep him inactive, and he's itching to get back on the field and help the team against the Packers. Hosley has yet to record a tackle this season, and he will likely be the fourth cornerback when he plays in his next game.

"Whenever I get my chance I'm going to be ready. That's part of the game," Hosley said. "Being ready when a man goes down. Next guy has to step up."

Practice report: Victor Cruz not in red

November, 8, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants receiver Victor Cruz (neck) practiced Friday without a red non-contact jersey during the portion of practice open to the media, a great sign for his availability for Sunday's game against Oakland. Cruz had worn the red jersey on Thursday for a limited practice, and didn't work out on Wednesday.

Cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin), who missed Thursday, was working out and should be set for Sunday. Corner Corey Webster (groin) did not practice and it appears he won't play Sunday. McBride has replaced Webster as the starter.

Running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee) was not working out and his status for Sunday could be in doubt. He was limited the previous two days.

Jayron Hosley (hamstring), Terrell Thomas (knee) and Adrien Robinson (foot) were practicing during the open portion.

Any cornerbacks available?

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It appears the New York Giants might be without three cornerbacks on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles as Corey Webster (groin), Aaron Ross (back) and Jayron Hosley (hamstring) all were not practicing during the portion of practice open to the media on Friday. Webster and Hosley were in the bike area.

Webster
Hosley and Ross have not practiced all week, and Webster had a limited practice Wednesday before missing Thursday. If they can't go Sunday in what's essentially a must-win game, it leaves the team with just three cornerbacks in Prince Amukamara, Trumaine McBride and Terrell Thomas. The Giants could always make a move to bring Charles James up from the practice squad.

On the positive side for the Giants, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (knee/Achilles) was practicing after missing the previous two days. Jenkins said Thursday that Friday would be a big day for him in terms of getting the work in, but still expects he'll be a game-time decision against his former team.

Jenkins could be without his fellow starting defensive tackle Linval Joseph (ankle/knee) as he missed his third straight day of practice. If Joseph doesn't go, it opens the door for more playing time for second-round pick Johnathan Hankins. Hankins has been inactive for the first four games of his career.

Offensive guard Chris Snee (hip), center David Baas (neck), and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) also were not practicing. Snee could possibly be put on season-ending IR on Friday, according to sources.

Offensive lineman David Diehl (thumb) was working for the third straight day.

There was also no sight of Jon Beason, who was scheduled to take a physical in the morning. The Giants are close to acquiring the Carolina linebacker, provided he can pass a physical. He could possibly replace Snee on the active roster.

Injury update: Jenkins in walking boot

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants starting defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins was wearing a protective walking boot on his lower right leg Monday in the Giants locker room, a day after the team's 31-7 loss to the Chiefs.

When asked to describe the injury, Jenkins said, "I think just a little tendon something, knee and Achilles. ... Hopefully like I said, just a couple days, get this thing treated, and get back going."

Head coach Tom Coughlin did not have further updates yet on the other players injured against the Chiefs. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) and cornerbacks Aaron Ross (back) and Jayron Hosley (hamstring) all left the game early and did not return, plus linebacker Mark Herzlich was wearing a walking boot after the game due to a toe injury.

The same goes for starting center David Baas (neck) and right guard Chris Snee (hip), who sat out Sunday's game. "I’m waiting to hear on those kinds of things," Coughlin said. "The treatment is being conducted today as usual. We’ll see."

Jim Cordle and James Brewer started for Snee and Baas, respectively. Cordle was making his first NFL regular-season start, while Brewer was making his second.

"They played against a very good front and, for the most part, they did a good job," Coughlin said. "We did have a holding penalty up there and there were some occasions where we could have obviously done a better job or finished a block better than we did. They scrapped and I was pleased with what they accomplished. I wish obviously, it would have been perfect, but they did OK."
KANSAS CITY -- New York Giants cornerbacks Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and Aaron Ross (back) left Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with their injuries and did not return to the game. No word immediately after the game on the severity of the injuries, but obviously if they linger they will leave the Giants very thin in the secondary. Ross was starting in place of Corey Webster, who missed his second straight game with a hip injury. Rookie safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder) also was inactive for Sunday's game, leaving the Giants with only two active safeties.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury and did not return. Pierre-Paul was jogging on the sidelines late in the game and walked out of the locker room without any noticeable limp, so it seems likely the Giants dodged a bullet there. They called it a "knee contusion" and said he was probable to return, though as I mentioned here, he did not.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich was in a walking boot after the game. He had an X-Ray on his foot and has a toe injury. The X-Ray was negative, but he'll have further tests Monday.

Injury report: Pierre-Paul questionable

September, 6, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Pierre-Paul is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The defensive end will travel with the New York Giants to Dallas and says he will be a game-time decision.

Pierre-Paul
"I got three days under my belt of practice," said Pierre-Paul, who practiced on a limited basis all week. "And I will go out there, and come game time I will ask the trainer how I feel and see where it is at."

"I have been getting better," he later added. "My back feels strong. Been getting a couple of reps. Feeling good right now. No soreness."

Head coach Tom Coughlin, though, made it sound as if the team will know before game time if its star defensive end will play.

"Whenever we make our minds up ... it is not going to be game time," Coughlin said before Pierre-Paul talked to reporters in the locker room after practice. "We will make our minds up before that. The medical people will have more to say about that I am sure."

Pierre-Paul had back surgery on June 4 to alleviate pain that he played with last season. The team's best defensive player says he is playing pain-free now, but wanted to see if his back will hold up against double-team blocking.

Pierre-Paul traveling with the team is a positive indication of the likelihood of him playing, barring an unforeseen setback. However, he said he has not been on a plane since flying back from Los Angeles this summer after seeing the specialist for his back.

Coughlin said a decision will be made later as to how many snaps Pierre-Paul will play if he is cleared for action.

Cruz control: Wide receiver Victor Cruz is listed as probable, and it appears his bruised heel is ready for game action. Cruz practiced on a limited basis all week. The wide receiver said he was going to talk to the medical staff Friday afternoon to get clearance, but Cruz said he feels strong.

"I am confident," he said. "I feel good, I feel like I am in shape. I feel like the heel is much better. I am not leaning or favoring the other leg. Feels good. I am anxious to go out there and see what I can do on game day."

Cruz said he might test his bruised heel on the turf in the Giants' indoor facility on Saturday morning.

The questionable: Fullback Henry Hynoski (knee) and defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder) are also listed as questionable. Both were limited on Friday. Hynoski, who had surgery on his knee during OTAs, said he will travel to Dallas, but it is possible the team will hold the fullback out for another week to be safe.

Cornerback Jayron Hosley (ankle) is listed as probable. Center David Baas (knee), tackle David Diehl (thumb) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) are out for the game.

Here's the full injury report:

OUT
C David Bass (knee)
T David Diehl (thumb)
TE Adrien Robinson (foot)

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
FB Henry Hynoski (knee, limited practice)
DE Damontre Moore (shoulder, limited practice)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back, limited practice)

PROBABLE
WR Victor Cruz (heel, limited practice)
CB Jayron Hosley (ankle, full practice)

Injury report: Cruz and JPP await decision

September, 4, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Victor Cruz is still awaiting official medical clearance but he says only something unforeseen can keep him from playing against the Cowboys on Sunday night.

"Something catastrophic has to happen for me not to play," Cruz said. "But we are taking it one day at a time and still got to go in and see docs and stuff like that. They just want to gauge and see how I am progressing but it is going to take a lot for me not to play in this game."

Cruz was limited in practice on Wednesday but his bruised heel feels good and he says all he needs to do is regain his timing with Eli Manning.

Friday deadline: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul also was limited in practice but said his back is feeling good. JPP said he will decide Friday whether he is playing against the Cowboys.

"I am getting better and better every day," Pierre-Paul said. "I got to get my conditioning up and that is the main part of my game. Still on track. By Friday I should know if I am playing or not."

Pierre-Paul also said that if he plays, he does not want to play a limited amount of snaps.

"On this team, I feel it is a big thing for me to take most of the snaps," said Pierre-Paul, who added his playing time will be up to the coaches. "[Twenty snaps] is not enough. When it comes to games, I want to be a big factor.

"I don't want to put myself out there and I only do 20 snaps and those 20 snaps (don't) really count to winning the game, know what I am saying? I am not a third-down guy only. I like to go out there and take all the snaps if I can."

Hakeem's plan: Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said his plan of playing it safe in the offseason and preseason has paid off. He's ready for the season opener and says he will be at full speed.

"I definitely feel like I am as good as I can be at this point," he said. "It is game time now. Everything counts. It’s time to get it."

"Definitely benefited from it," Nicks added of his plan after laboring through knee and foot injuries last season. "Same time, it helped me get to this point to where my body feels the best it has felt in a long time."

Here's the official Giants injury report for Wednesday:

OUT
RB Andre Brown (leg temporary IR)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
C David Baas (knee)
T David Diehl (thumb)
TE Adrien Robinson (foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
WR Victor Cruz (heel)
FB Henry Hynoski (knee)
DE Damontre Moore (shoulder)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
CB Jayron Hosley (ankle)

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